Went in search of booties and a silk shirt dress, the booties needed to have a heel 3”, the toe kind of rounded, kind of pointed, not too much, somewhat closest to an almond toe, only little more pointed, why exactly like that? Who knows but that is pretty much what has become my winter shoe need. Martin Margiela has the closest thing, but a $900 tag doesn’t quite work with my budget, although I am pretty sure they would be well worth it, if I had that sort of money but also I haven’t tried them on. Not particular about the ankle part, will try anything. If lined in shearling, total satisfaction, price point about $300. Uggs where are you?
Also it occurred to me that a shirt dress, is a fantastic idea for this fall, winter, spring and summer. In the fall with leggings, in the winter with boots and leather jeans, or under a skirt, etc. so it is a sort of a slip and a shirt, an under and outer layer at the same time. Summers it could be worn over a bathing suit, with sandals, heels, necklace, a head scarf, clutch, etc.
So shopping destination Georgetown, on Sundays parking is unlimited for out of zone cars.
The closest I got to the shirt dress was at Madewell’s in a beautiful tobacco tone and another color I forget, but right there I concluded it had to be in a muted print. They had a silk shirt in rust, brick, and aqua small geometric , sort of ombre print that would have been perfection for a shirt dress; a color combination to straddle all season’s colors, maybe a little lime, of something summery for summer, maybe. (The pattern was reminiscent of an Alexander McQueen balloon tank top with a studded collar detail. Or of something Marni might use though differently and with more heft). But, whatever it was not a shirt dress. Also tried on their laced up suede booties, perfect price, perfect heel height, but I am not a fan of lace up shoes.
Next up, Zara. There seemed to be more standardization, less spark. After checking both floors thoroughly, the purchase was a T-shirt. A jewel neck, short sleeves, a standard t- the jersey made up of purple, magenta and blue metallic threads, an impression of midnight burgundy, looks like a shimmery red wine, but better. The sort of thing you would regret not getting. At Annie Cheesecake I got a Proenza Schouler for Target white shirt. This shirt’s seams are all highlighted with black piping, giving a cartoonish and irreverent look to a classic. A new store for me in Georgetown was All Saints on M Street , a mix of, pronounced LA London hipster, rocker sensibilities. The display in one corner was something you expected Helena Bonham Carter to wear, that fishwife at market look. A sleeveless plaid dress with a total Vivienne Westwood vibe and Dr. Martins boots. With rolled down knee socks. Great leather jackets for guys, instant knowingness. Two superb all cotton white shirts for women. One very much like one of this past summers Theory’s collection, but in white poplin with a gathered bib, as in a tuxedo shirt. Super cool, the other was almost a shirt or a short dress with those asymmetrical gathers that keep getting more and more popular. It is very Japanese aesthetic and I think started by Yohji Yamamato. At J. Crew I realized I missed them this summer, but there is a lot I missed this summer. Anthropologie, less and less urbanity in there. Who dresses like that? I know a lot of people who say they love Anthopologie but they don’t dress there. So what do people buy there? Well, whoever shops there, obviously they don’t take public transportation, nor do they go to offices, or to a work place. I never see anybody wearing something that may not be necessarily identified as Anthropologie, nor do I see that sort of styling anywhere on our city streets. H&M was closed, yes, I spent such a long time everywhere by the time I got there it was after 6pm, their closing time on Sundays.
So on to Banana Republic, another 2 floor thorough search……. To be continued ….with Banana Republic, Neiman Marcus’s Cusp, BarneyNY, Hu, Intermix and Rag & Bone, all of them on M Street.